Bordeaux 2011 – Day Three

Today was another day spent driving up and down the D2 from château to château, tasting such gems as Latour, Pichon Lalande, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Calon-Ségur and PaBordeaux 2011 En Primeur Tastinglmer, before the Union des Grands Crus tastings in the afternoon. Palmer has our vote for the wine of the vintage plaudits so far, however Calon-Ségur, Pichon-Baron, Brane-Cantenac and Batailley were also particularly good.

The vintage is emerging as better than 2008 for most producers, and although it was hard work for most, there are plenty of great wines, from the light, elegant drinking styles to serious, age worthy offerings.

At Calon-Ségur, a recent blind vertical of 08, 09, 10 and 11 put the latter in third place, and we have to agree so far. We will be enjoying the legendary hospitality of Sue and Alan at Château Méaume for the next couple of nights, and are looking forward to tasting the best the right bank has to offer tomorrow – as far as routine goes, we could live with this!

Ludovic Surina

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